Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet. The State Park is a 1,996-acre North Carolina state park in Yancey County, North Carolina. Established in 1915 by the state legislature, it became the first state park of North Carolina. The mountain is named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor from the University of North Carolina who determined its height in 1835. On a return trip in 1857 to verify his earlier measurements, Mitchell fell to his death at nearby Mitchell Falls. His body is buried next to the platform where a stone marker memorializes his work in the area.